|Quick Facts: Genetic Counselors|
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects.
Genetic counselors work in university medical centers, private and public hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, and physicians’ offices. They work with families, patients, and other medical professionals. Most genetic counselors work full time.
Genetic counselors typically need a master’s degree in genetic counseling or genetics, and board certification.
Employment of genetic counselors is projected to grow 27 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Ongoing technological innovations, including improvements in lab tests and developments in genomics, which is the study of the whole genome, are giving counselors opportunities to conduct more types of analyses.
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